A Humanist Manifesto? 2

A Humanist Manifesto?
This quote is Nicholas Roeg’s response to a reporter who asked about David Bowie’s huge coke habit during the time he was directing Bowie in the ‘Man Who Fell to Earth’. “You can’t reason someone out of anything. I am not into the guilt thing or trying to cure anyone of our humanity. Everybody has ...

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Future Legend
David Bowie died a year ago today. He was cremated secretly without service, ceremony, memorial or fuss. In accordance with his wishes the body was taken to the crematorium, the paper work filed and the ashes returned. Tony Visconti already revealed David, fully aware he was dying of liver cancer, wanted his latest work to ...

On the Death of Gods 2

On the Death of Gods
In the first month of the sixteenth year of the second millennium after the incarnation of the Christ, a sailor travelling through the Straights of Paxi to the north of Corfu, on his way to Italy, heard a disembodied voice from the land rolling over the waters. ‘Thamus are you there?” it called out to ...

The Great God Pan 7

The Great God Pan
Steven King called Arthur Machin’s The Great God Pan ‘one of the greatest horror stories ever written’. The 1890 novella influenced H.P. Lovecraft, whose dark tales of magical rituals opening portals to the realms of chthonic gods – gods of the underworld – are still found in science fiction and horror; most famously Hellboy. Machin’s ...